Wyevale Nurseries predict boldly colored, British-grown, and low maintenance plants to be on-trend for 2022, so its plant collections for retailers include options ticking all the boxes.
Carol Dickinson, Head of Business Support at Wyevale Nurseries based in Hereford, explains: “Our 2022 promotional catalog for garden centers showcases some of our boldest and brightest plants on the nursery. In the catalog, we’ve highlighted just a handful of our collections for 2022, but we have a large range available right from the start of the year through to early autumn.
“The autumn Chelsea Flower Show gave us an opportunity to look at different varieties and styles, and to include unique features and shapes, as well as considerations for provenance, low maintenance, and location, such as container or balcony planting."
Allium Lavender Bubbles
“Plants we think will be particularly popular in 2022 are Allium Lavender Bubbles, Exochorda racemosa ‘Niagra’, Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’, Astrantia Star Collection, Hardy Fern Specimen Collection, Lomandra longifolia ‘White Sands’, and our Phormium Collection.
"Allium Lavender ‘Bubbles’ is a wonderful new introduction that was the winner of the best New Plant at this year’s virtual National Plant Show and was placed second in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year. It is called 'Allium Lavender Bubbles' because it has masses of dusky purple flowers which appear to float like bubbles over lush, glaucous evergreen foliage. It has a long flowering period and performs well in the garden or container. Plus, it’s pollinator friendly."
Exochorda racemosa ‘Niagra’ is a deciduous shrub with green oval-shaped leaves and masses of white blooms in spring that last for many weeks.
The Phormium Collection at Wyevale Nurseries
Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ is a UK-bred plant to be more winter hardy. Shortlisted as one of Chelsea’s Plants of the Year in 2019, it gives a strong garden performance with reddish-pink blooms against apricot centers.
Carol continues: “Our Astrantia Star Collection features these beautiful traditional cottage garden favorites, which make for excellent cut flowers, another growing trend with gardeners. Their shaped blooms flower from late spring into summer. Our collection includes ‘Star of Billions’, which has large dense pincushion flowers which open pale green, slowly turning to blush pink, and ‘Star of Beauty’, which features large clusters of tiny white flowers with magenta-purple tips, crowded together in a dome-shaped flower, just like the pins on a cushion.
“However, it’s not just plants with wonderful flowers in our 2022 catalog, we’ve also a great range of ferns, grasses, and evergreens, which were really popular at Chelsea 2021 and look to be a firm favorite for next year. Our Hardy Fern Specimen Collection features plants grown in five-liter pots and are supplied as a mass of fresh foliage, providing maximum impact. Although not new varieties, we have an extended range for 2022 featuring interesting forms and colors.
“Other ferns included in this collection are Asplenium scolopendrium, Dryopteris affinis, Dryopteris atrata, Dryopteris erythrosora, Polystichum polyblepharum, and Polystichum setiferum Herrenhausen.”
Lomandra Longifolia "White Sands" and Exogorda Racemosa "Niagra"
Also spotlighted in the catalog for 2022 is Lomandra longifolia ‘White Sands’. Although not new, it won the People’s Choice Award at Groot Groen 2020, and is a low maintenance grass for containers, beds, and borders. The Wyevale Nurseries team says it predicts low maintenance will be ‘big’ for the coming year.
Carol adds: “Another Wyevale Nurseries specialty is our Phormium Collection. We offer a collection of these evergreen beauties in a range of colors and forms. This collection comes in a range of beautiful colors, from Black Velvet to Yellow Wave.”
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Hereford. HR4 7AY, UK
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